Serissa Bonsai care

Serissa Bonsai care

In this video we explain how to care for your Serissa Bonsai tree, also known as the Snow rose Bonsai. Watering, pruning, fertilizing – all these topics are discussed. Keeping a Serissa Bonsai alive is not a difficult task, but there are a few things you should be aware of. For more information, also check:

The serissa is a subtropical small shrub, that is well known for its beautiful white flowers that  grow from spring to summer.

Except for its lovely flowers, the serissa  is valued for its fine ramification and rough grey bark. The serissa is not easy  to care for and better suitable for experienced growers because the tree is very  sensitive to changes in location and temperature

So how do you care for your Serissa?

The serissa likes a sunny, wind-protected place outside during the growing season, as long as the night temperatures stay above 50° F / 10° C. Drastic temperature drops are not  tolerated. Try to provide high humidity. Keep the rootball moist, but at the same time  take good care not to overwater the serissa.

It must never dry out completely.  If the tree drops its leaves due to some changes in the growing conditions,  continue but slightly decrease watering Apply a small amount of solid organic fertilizer,  with a balanced N-P-K ratio, every four weeks.

The serissa tolerates hard pruning which should  be executed in early spring, if necessary. Young trees are trimmed back to 2 leaves  when the shoots have produced 4 – 5 leaves. Older trees are trimmed less as long they are  flowering, but are pruned strongly after flowering.

Repot the serissa every two years and use a  standard soil mix. Prune the roots only moderately. The serissa can easily be propagated  from semi-hardwood cuttings. If your Serissa is losing a lot of  leaves, this is often the result of improper watering or not enough light.

Again, make sure you place your Bonsai warm enough with plenty of light. And water it generously as soon as the soil gets slightly dry.

Learn how to create your own bonsai trees by  enrolling in one of our online Bonsai courses. We explain techniques like pruning, wiring,  and repotting, and you can ask questions to the teachers. For the curriculums, and free  lessons go to:


Bonsai trees are planted in small pots with minimal space for water and nutrient reserves. That means you need to water and fertilize your tree regularly. Make sure your Bonsai gets plenty of light, water, and fertilize when needed and your tree is sure to thrive!

If you are not entirely sure about your tree species, you can use this guide to ID your Bonsai:

If you want to learn more about Bonsai, consider enrolling in one of our Online Bonsai Courses. For the curriculums and free lectures, go to:

This video was filmed in the Japanese garden of Clingendael. We also like to thank Deshima Bonsai.

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